Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 337th day of the year. There are 29 days remaining in 2016.
Staffers for Clinton and Trump trade barbs at a post-election discussion. Trump goes to Ohio on his victory tour. Chaffetz says he’s not ready to stop investigating Clinton.
- 17 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
- 49 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
- 52 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
- 97 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
- 340 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
- 704 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
Ten talking points for Friday:
- Tax hikes and Mitt Romney and Donald Trump coming to Utah, oh my! Here’s a video rundown of what happened this week in Utah politics [Utah Policy]. If you would prefer your recap in podcast form, we gotcha covered, too [Utah Policy].
- Bob Bernick wonders what the opposition to a tax hike to improve Utah’s schools might look like [Utah Policy].
- Tom campaign staffers for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton get together to rehash the election. It did not go well. Amid a shouting match that took over what was supposed to be a congenial discussion, Clinton staffers accused the Trump campaign of catering to white supremacists in order to win [Washington Post, Wall Street Journal].
- Donald Trump goes to Ohio to crow about his deal with Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs from going to Mexico [Politico]. During his speech, Trump took time to take a swipe at Evan McMullin, who he “trounced” in Utah [Tribune]. Sen. Bernie Sanders argues Trump got played by Carrier who just showed corporations how they can beat the president-elect [Washington Post].
- Donald Trump taps retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to be Secretary of Defense [Politico]. Trump says he will name “almost all” of the rest of his Cabinet picks sometime next week [Politico].
- Donald Trump says he will make his pick for the Supreme Court public “pretty soon” [Politico].
- This is troubling. Donald Trump is reportedly considering naming ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State [The Hill].
- Donald Trump‘s campaign moves to block the Michigan recount [Politico].
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he is not ready to abandon his investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server [The Hill]. Chaffetz says he will turn his attention to possibly investigating Donald Trump after the president-elect is sworn in [Tribune].
- The fight over Rocky Mountain Power’s request to charge fees to owners of rooftop solar arrays is heating up [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1804 – Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France.
- 1823 – During his annual address to the U.S. Congress, President James Monroe proclaimed a new U.S. foreign policy initiative that became known as the “Monroe Doctrine.”
- 1859 – Abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, W.Va.
- 1954 – The Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R Wis., for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.”
- 1961 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would lead Cuba to Communism.
- 1982 – Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in a human. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device.